Date/Time Event
Wednesday, 23rd August
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Poetry Unplugged

Five Leaves is very pleased to present our first ever open mic evening at the shop (except there is no mic…). After playing host to some fantastic poets over the last 4(ish) years, we thought that it was high time that we had an evening for some local talent. So if you’re looking for a relaxed atmosphere to perform your poems (maybe even for the first time) we would love to hear you read.

Because it’s our first time and we’re not sure how many people would like to perform/attend, if you would like to read, please email the shop at: and perhaps email us a poem too so we can come up with a running order.

Entry is free, refreshments available for a small donation.

Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Wednesday, 30th August
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Memoirs of my Body: book launch with Shreya Sen-Handley

MemoirsOfMyBodyShreya’s memoir will have arrived by suitcase from HarperCollins India, just in time for Shreya’s birthday tonight. No presents please, but do come along…

Shreya Sen-Handley wrote a wildly popular column about body parts and body fluids, flings and romantic encounters. As readers, young and old, began to write back to her, Shreya stepped back to think about it all: her body, her writing and her life. Intensely personal and utterly universal, this is a book about everything: masturbation and the first kiss, pregnancy and sagging breasts, the wrong man and the right man. It is a tale of triumphs and tragedies, injustices (on a global scale) and ecstasies (the little ones we can all identify with).

Funny, sad, serious and sometimes very, very rude, Memoirs of My Body is the story of one woman and of Everywoman too.

Free, refreshments provided
Booking essential via

Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Monday, 4th September
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Practical Bike Maths, with Dr Jules (Julian Bentley)
PracticalBikeMathsHow to make cycling more enjoyable, less painful, more efficient and better? Maths can help in ways we’re (maybe) not aware of, but actually the rider and their bicycle are chock full of Mathematics.
This is a rider-focused session on how to improve your bike riding experience using Maths. The session will be partly open-format and will require very little previous Maths knowledge. One of our aims is to de-code the prevailing numbers-jargon associated with bicycle use: bring along your queries and together we’ll crack the code. To include a brief section on crazy but true Cycling Stats…
Part of Notts Bike Festival
Note earlier-than-usual time
Free, refreshments available

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Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Tuesday, 12th September
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Keeping it Short - the short story
The short story is where many writers take their first, tentative steps. For some, it remains their first love. Although the writers featured in Keeping it Short – Giselle Leeb, Alison Moore, Nicholas Royle and Megan Taylor – may have published thirteen novels between them, they are all devoted to the short story. In this event they will read from their work and discuss the form.


giselle-leebGiselle Leeb grew up in South Africa and lives in Nottingham. Her short stories have appeared in Ambit, Mslexia, Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, Litro, Bare Fiction and elsewhere. In 2016, she was shortlisted for the Bridport Prize. She has recently become an assistant editor at Reckoning.

alison-mooreAlison Moore’s first novel, The Lighthouse, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Both The Lighthouse and her second novel, He Wants, were Observer Books of the Year. Her short fiction has been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 Extra and collected in The Pre-War House and Other Stories. Her most recent novel is Death and the Seaside.

nicholas-royleNicholas Royle is the author of First Novel (Vintage), as well as six earlier novels, and two short story collections, Mortality (Serpent’s Tail) and Ornithology (Confingo Publishing). He has edited twenty anthologies and is series editor of Best British Short Stories (Salt). Reader in Creative Writing at the Manchester Writing School, he also runs Nightjar Press.

megan-taylorMegan Taylor is the author of How We Were Lost (Flame Books), The Dawning (Weathervane Press) and The Lives of Ghosts (Weathervane Press), as well as a short story collection, The Woman Under the Ground (also Weathervane). She has had stories published in anthologies, including These Seven, published by Five Leaves, and Hic Dragones’ Into the Woods.

Entry is £3, refresments provided.
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Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Monday, 18th September
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Five Leaves Book Group - No Is Not Enough by Naomi Klein

noisnotenoughSubtitled “Defeating the new shock politics and winning the world we need”, this book attempts to uncover how we got to the surreal political moment where Donald Trump is in the White House and pursuing a reckless agenda. Klein also predicts how things could get much worse, and presents a plan for changing course and ensuring a radically better future. Is this “a compelling book we all need to read and act on”?

We don’t mind where you get the book from (though we offer 15% off book group books), libraries, friends or other bookshops but we do ask you to read the book in advance.
Free, refreshments provided
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Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Wednesday, 20th September
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Michael Eaton on Charlie Peace
Charlie PeaceCharlie Peace was a Nottingham villain from Narrow Marsh, who came to a bad end. In this illustrated talk Michael Eaton will describe how his memory and myth has been kept alive in nursery rhyme, waxworks, travelling shows, silent movies, graphic novels even and, more recently, Michael’s own – soon to be revived – Playhouse show. Charlie Peace: his amazing life and astounding legend has just been published by Five Leaves.
Entry is free, refreshments provided.
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Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Tuesday, 26th September
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
David Bowie Made Me Gay: 100 years of LGBT music, with Darryl Bullock
David Bowie Made Me GayDarryl delves into the hidden history of LGBT lives in music including in the growth of jazz and the blues, looks at the almost forgotten world of the inter-war years when LGBT stars were prominent, then onwards to the swinging sixties, disco, glam rock and the now legendary out gay pop stars including Elton John and Freddie Mercury… and concludes with a round up of where we are today.
A sound illustrated talk, of course!
Entry is £3, refreshments provided.
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Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Thursday, 28th September
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
National Poetry Day - the big book launch, with Kathryn Daszkiewicz, Andrew Taylor and Rory Waterman
Kathryn Daszkiewicz, like the others, is a Five Leaves regular. Tonight she will be launching her new Shoestring collection, Book of Follies which includes her customary discomfiting wit as she takes on painful relationships with no sentiment, using the natural world as a guard.

March-AndrewTaylorAndrew Taylor takes you on a journey through landscapes and places such as the Welsh hills, the West Coast Mainline and the north docks of Liverpool. Travel is a recurring theme throughout these poems, alongside music and the seasons and the shifts they bring. From having coffee in quiet city-centre cafés to travelling around complete rail networks, Taylor invites you into a world that is both personal and universal. His new book, March, is published by Shearsman.

Sarajevo RosesRory Waterman is also a poet on the move. Sarajevo Roses, launched tonight, is Rory’s second collection.  On sleeper trains, in cars and on foot, Waterman takes us into Mediterranean Europe, to Palma’s Bellver Castle, to Venice, to Krujë, to the Italian ghost-town Craco, and to St Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City, where ‘selfie-sticks dance before us at the altar’. Sarajevo’s ‘neatened muddle of terracotta and concrete’ is twinned with the ‘church spires and rain-bright roofs’ of the poet’s former hometown, Lincoln.

Free, refreshments provided


Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Wednesday, 4th October
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Viking Economics - how the Scandinavians got it right and how we can too, with George Lakey
Viking EconomicsPerhaps the most fun economics presentation you’ll hear… George Lakey explores the inner workings of the Nordic economies that boast the world’s happiest, most productive workers, and explains how, if we can enact some of the changes the Scandinavians fought for surprisingly recently, we, too, can embrace equality in our economic policy.
George Lakey lectures at the Quaker Swarthmore College and is making a rare visit to the UK.
In association with Nottingham Society of Friends (Quakers) as part of the national Quaker Week.
Entry: £3.00, including refreshments
Advance booking essential on



Venue: Friends Meeting House, Nottingham Nottinghamshire
Thursday, 5th October
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The Letters Page launch

Join us for the launch of the new issue of The Letters Page, featuring readings from contributors.

Admission free, refreshments provided
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Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Monday, 9th October
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Modern Slavery, with Kevin Bales
BloodAndEarth-KevinBalesGoing undercover to meet slaves and slaveholders for his book Disposable People: New Slavery in the Global Economy, Kevin Bales exposed how modern slavery penetrates the global economy and flows into the things we buy. Disposable People was named by the Association of British Universities as one of “100 World-Changing Discoveries” and published in ten other languages. In 2001 he co-founded the NGO Free the Slaves, which has liberated thousands of slaves worldwide. After reading Bales’ book Ending Slavery, President Clinton told the plenary of the CGI: “It tells you that it is a problem we can solve and here’s how to do it.” Bales is the Professor of Contemporary Slavery at the University of Nottingham; and Lead Author of the WalkFree Global Slavery Index. The film based on his work Slavery: A Global Investigation (HBO/BBC) won a Peabody and two Emmys. Bales has advised the US, British, Irish, Norwegian, and Nepali governments as well as the European Parliament on trafficking and slavery policy. His newest book is, Blood and Earth: Modern Slavery, Ecocide, and the Secret to Saving the World . Check out his TED Talk.
Tickets: £3.00, including refreshments


Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Wednesday, 11th October
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The Last Vicereine novel, with Rhiannon Jenkins Tsang
LastVicereineIt was the spring of 1947 when Lord and Lady Mountbatten arrived in New Delhi. India was on the brink of civil war. The reluctant vicereine was a rebel, a rulebreaker. She was a troubled soul, a great beauty, a firecracker. But the glamour was a façade. Behind it was a highly intelligent woman of influence and power. Her lovers included Jawaharlal Nehru. No one could have imagined the maelstrom of intrigue, events and relationships that would change their lives and those of millions of Indians forever. Set amidst the turmoil of Partition, The Last Vicereine is a heartbreaking story of the birth of two nations, of love, grief, tragedy, inhumanity and of the triumph of hope.
Free, refreshments included
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Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Thursday, 12th October
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Forest Gardening, with Tomas Remiarz
Forest-Gardens-in-PracticeIn this illustrated talk, Tomas will show you how to create your own edible landscape, using examples from this country and elsewhere. He will cover what you can do in your own garden and what you can do collectively on allotment sites, parks and public spaces, including incorporating animals and learning. It doesn’t even have to look like a forest!
Gardeners, smallholders, landscape professionals and others will value this meeting.
Tickets: £3.00, including refreshments OR bring something for our garden in the alley!


Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Tuesday, 17th October
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Black Tudors, with Miranda Kaufmann
Black TudorsBlack Tudors tells the stories of ten Africans living here during the Tudor and Stuart eras, uncovering the detail of their daily lives and how they were treated. Miranda reveals how John Blanke came to be the royal trumpeter to Henry VII and Henry VIII: the trouble Jacques Francis got himself into while working as a salvage diver on the wreck of the Mary Rose; what prompted Diego to sail the world with Drake, and she pieces together the stories of a porter, a prince, a sailor, a prostitute and a silk weaver.  They came to England from Africa, from Europe and from the Spanish Caribbean. They came with privateers, pirates, merchants, aristocrats, even kings and queens, and were accepted into Tudor society. They were baptised, married and buried by the Church of England and paid wages like other Tudors.
Yet their experience was extraordinary because, unlike the majority of Africans across the rest of the Atlantic world, in England they were free. They lived in a world where skin colour was less important than religion, class or talent: before the English became heavily involved in the slave trade. Their stories challenge the traditional narrative that racial slavery was inevitable.
Miranda Kaufmann is a senior research fellow at the University of London’s Institute of Commonwealth Studies
Tickets: £3.00, including refreshments


Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Thursday, 19th October
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Five Leaves Book Group - Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami

norwegian-woodAs part of Nottingham’s Mental Health Awareness Week, we’ll discuss Murakami’s 1987 breakthrough novel. 37-year-old businessman Toru recalls his college days, when his best friend commits suicide and Toru becomes involved with his friend’s troubled girlfriend, who eventually enters an institution. Then Toru falls in love with another woman…
Is Murakami’s book a realistic portrayal of depression and mental illness? Introduced by Pippa Hennessy.

We don’t mind where you get the book from (though we offer 15% off book group books), libraries, friends or other bookshops but we do ask you to read the book in advance.
Free, refreshments provided
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Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Saturday, 21st October
1:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Dayschool on "Writing about Trouble" for young adults with Catherine Barter, Alan Gibbons and Bali Rai
Catherine Barter’s first novel for teenagers, Troublemakers, came out this summer. Her character, Alena, never knew her political activist mother. London is rocked by explosive devices left in supermarkets. As the threat mounts, Alena seeks to find out more about her past. Trouble starts. Then she does something truly rebellious.

Alan Gibbons has been writing about trouble for over twenty years, along the way winning the Blue Peter Award and being shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal (the “children’s Booker”) twice as well as many region book awards for young adult ficiton. His young adult fiction books include material on domestical violence, jihadi recruits and trouble at football grounds.

Bali Rai’s books about “trouble” include coverage of racism (to, and from, the Asian community, arranged marriage, and class. He has often said that issues to do with class are the great taboo in young adult fiction. Bali lives in Leicester, where he was inspired to write by Sue Townsend. Five Leaves has published two of his novels for reluctant readers.

This event will include presentations, readings and discussion about writing about difficult issues for teenage readers

Who should attend this event? Teachers, librarians, writers, serious readers of young adult fiction, youth workers.

In association with Nottingham Writers Studio

Tickets: £10 (£8 advance) from Five Leaves Bookshop


Venue: Nottingham Writer’s Studio, Nottingham
Saturday, 21st October
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Call Mr. Robeson, a show with Tayo Aluko and Friends

Call Mr RobesonPaul Robeson was a famous actor, singer and civil rights campaigner. Over the years he got progressively too radical and outspoken for the establishment’s liking, he was branded a traitor to his country, harassed, and denied opportunities to perform or travel.

Just as physical, emotional and mental stress threatened to push him over the fine line between genius and madness, he was summoned to appear before the House Un-American Activities Committee, to give the most difficult and important performance of his career.

This journey through Robeson’s remarkable life highlights how his pioneering and heroic (but largely forgotten) political activism led many to describe him as the forerunner of the civil rights movement.

This show features much fiery oratory and some of his famous songs, including a dramatic rendition of Ol’ Man River.

Venue: Nottingham Contemporary, Weekday Cross

Tickets: £10/£8.00 from Five Leaves Bookshop


Venue: Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham
Monday, 23rd October
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
A Greenwich Exchange evening with John Lucas and James Hodgson
Nottingham’s John Lucas reads from his new novel Summer 1945 and James Hodgson from his Oscar Wilde: philosopher, poet and playwright
Free, refreshments provided.
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Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Wednesday, 25th October
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Autism and Asperger Ayndrome in adults, with Luke Beardon
Autism and Asperger Syndrome in AdultsLuke Beardon challenges the view that autism is a disorder. He provides an up-to-date view of autism and Asperger Syndrome. The focus of this talk will be more on adult life, including employment, education, dating and parenthood and what this means for autistic people.
This session will be of particular interest to those with autism, family and friends of autistic people and professionals working in the field.
Dr Luke Beardon is a member of staff in The Autism Centre at Sheffield Hallam University. He has been working as a practitioner in the field of autism and Asperger syndrome for around 20 years. His latest book is Autism and Asperger Syndrome in Adults.
Tickets: £3.00, including refreshments
Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Saturday, 28th October
All Day
Trace Elements - writing from the British Irish, and Irish writing about home Conference at Loughborough University

Further Details to be announced

Venue: Loughborough University, Loughborough
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